August 2015, Vol. 242, No. 8

Features

STATS Group Completes Complex Isolation of North Sea Pipeline

Pipeline engineering specialist STATS Group was contracted by Apache North Sea Ltd. to isolate the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) so that subsea isolation valves (SSIV) and piping spools could be safely installed and leak tested, avoiding the need to depressurize the entire pipeline system. The 36-inch main crude oil line is a major pipeline network in the North Sea carrying 40% of the UK’s oil, with over 50 offshore assets flowing into the 169-km FPS, which runs from Forties Charlie platform to Cruden Bay terminal, transporting 700,000 bpd. Aberdeen-based STATS provided two remotely controlled Tecno Plugs™, the first offering double-block isolation from pipeline pressure, wit

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